Efficient, nasty action scenes can't overcome mostly bland characterizations and a half-baked story.
Donald Liebenson is a Chicago-based film critic, entertainment writer and DVD reviewer. He has been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Printer's Row Journal, Los Angeles Times, Movieline and Entertainment Weekly. He also contributed to VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics and Sci-Fi Experience; Your Quantum Guide to the Video Universe, and The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses.
An interview with actress Lana Wood about her experience making John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers."
A lost Marx Brothers production has been reconstructed for an Off-Broadway run, starring author and preservationist Noah Diamond as Groucho.
An interview with Michael Smith on the eve of his Siskel Film Center debut.
An interview with "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon" director Douglas Tirola.
A piece on the Chicago-based screening series known as Elevated Films.
Donald Liebenson chats with actor/comedian/writer Patton Oswalt about his new book "Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film."
An interview with film critic Leonard Maltin.
An interview with Mick Sacks, author of "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers."
The legendary William Friedkin discusses the restoration of his first film, the anti-capital punishment documentary, "The People vs. Paul Crump."